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Parents Newsletter, September 2013

Parent Newsletter -- September 2013

Dear Parents,

The academic year is now underway, and your Franklin & Marshall student has returned to Lancaster -- or perhaps is studying abroad or has begun an internship. No matter where life has taken your student this year, I encourage you to remain involved with F&M. An article later in this newsletter highlights some important ways you can stay in the know about F&M happenings.

I also strongly encourage you to take advantage of regional events in your area or in destinations to which you may travel. We now have 20 chapters around the world, including our newly revitalized and re-launched New Jersey regional chapter. So whether you live in or travel to Mumbai or Miami, Connecticut or Colorado, Lancaster or London, Franklin & Marshall is there -- and we invite you to be a part of all the activities and events available to you!

Parents are important members of our regional chapters and frequent participants in chapter events. Whether the programming is informational, cultural, networking-oriented or just plain fun, these gatherings offer great opportunities to meet and connect with others in the F&M family, making it even easier to nurture your child's success on campus.

The best sources of information about regional chapter happenings are our monthly parents e-newsletter and the scroll of event details found on the parent web site.

I hope to see you at a regional event soon!

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College

Convocation 2013

Convocation -- Celebrating the Start of the New Academic Year!

Franklin & Marshall's incoming class was officially welcomed into the F&M community at Convocation Tuesday, Aug. 27. New and returning students, and faculty and staff celebrated the start of the new year at this formal academic ceremony held this year in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. View the highlights video online, as well as a video of the full-length ceremony:

F&M's Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Joseph J. Karlesky, also welcomed first-year parents to campus on Move-in Day. Whether you're a parent new to the F&M community or are in your second, third or fourth year, you'll enjoy his heartfelt and eloquently spoken words about the value of a liberal arts education, which we have made available online.

Class of 2017

Dining at F&M

F&M students have a wide variety of dining options on campus, in addition to the many off-campus restaurants and cafes within walking distance. Here are a few interesting facts about F&M Dining Services:

  • Dining plans come with "flex dollars" that may be used at any on-campus dining venue.

  • Ben's Bucks is an F&M program that allows money to be placed in students' accounts by sending a check to the Business Office. Students can then spend their Ben's Bucks with a swipe of their F&M ID card at all on-campus and many off-campus dining venues.

  • You can order a birthday cake for your student by contacting our Catering Department at 717-291-4322. Please order at least one week in advance.

  • Students are encouraged to complete Dining Services' online form to provide the College with direct, candid feedback and ask questions regarding menus, service, the quality of the food, etc.: Dining Services aims to please!

More information about F&M's Dining Services can be found at

Celebrating Fundraising Success

A Few Words from F&M's Director of Public Safety

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our first-year families into the F&M community, and to say, "welcome back" to our returning parents and students.

Safety is a major concern expressed by parents when they bring their children to college each year. You can rest assured that the Franklin & Marshall Department of Public Safety (DPS) is well prepared and has a staff of skilled personnel to care for the needs of your students. The safety of your children is our highest priority. The Department is one of only five accredited higher education law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Many members of DPS are veteran law enforcement officers. In addition to enjoying a great relationship with the surrounding emergency responders, we perform drills to test our readiness to respond to various emergencies.

DPS also has a student-led EMT unit. This group is capable of responding to various medical emergencies that may arise on campus, and its services have proven to be invaluable to the campus community.

Again, welcome to the F&M family! Should you ever have any safety-related concerns while your student is here at F&M, please do not hesitate to contact me at 717-291-3939.

William J. McHale
Director, Department of Public Safety

Summer Experience

Homecoming & Family Weekend

The College's big fall event, Homecoming & Family Weekend, is quickly approaching, and we are gearing up for a great crowd! We hope that you are planning to join us. Here are some important reminders:

  • Register for the weekend using the return card in the pamphlet you should have received at home, or visit our online registration site. The registration deadline is September 29.

  • Secure a hotel reservation in a hotel where we've reserved a block of rooms by calling the number listed, and referencing Homecoming & Family Weekend at F&M. For additional options, check out the local Visitor Center website.

  • Take a look at the schedule often over the coming weeks to plan your weekend. Additional activities are added as we get closer to the big weekend. When you arrive on campus, your first stop should be the registration area at Steinman College Center. This is where you will pick up the final schedule of events and other important materials.

  • As you consider the schedule, note that the Saturday morning "Meet & Chat with Faculty" session provides a great opportunity for parents to meet professors. Encourage your student to ask his/her professors whether they will be participating in the Meet & Chat so that you can plan to attend.

  • If you work in the legal profession, or your student hopes to follow that career path, you might also consider attending the "Alumni and Parents in the Legal Profession Breakfast Reception" from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast will feature alumni and parents in the legal profession and F&M pre-law students for a social reception and light breakfast. The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development and the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society hosts this event.

Move-In Day

Find Out What Your Students Can Do Now to Find a Job Before Graduation

Preparing for and securing post-graduate employment can and should begin well before the second semester of your student's senior year.

During their time at Franklin & Marshall College, students have ample opportunity to explore different career pathways, make relevant professional connections, and secure summer experiences that launch them into exceptional post-graduate opportunities. Join Associate Vice President for Student and Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne '95 for a light breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 - 9:45 a.m. during Homecoming & Family Weekend as she outlines what your students can do now to secure employment before graduation -- and how parents can support their students, in collaboration with F&M's Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development.

Commencement Weekend

Ways for Parents to Stay Connected

How can you stay connected to the news and events from Franklin & Marshall College? Here are several options:

  • Check out the parents page of the F&M website for information and past issues of the parents e-News.

  • Join the parents Facebook Page to get news and ask advice of other parents:

  • If you're planning to visit your student, go to the F&M Events Calendar and check the day you're visiting to see what cultural events are scheduled.

  • Read F&M Headlines, a monthly e-newsletter sent during the academic year to F&M alumni, parents and friends. A typical issue includes four or five F&M News stories from the previous month; links to several external media stories related to F&M; an athletics story; and one or two multimedia pieces, including video.

  • Subscribe to The Diplomat, the weekly email digest of the latest F&M news. Go to to subscribe.

  • And, of course, the College has news updated throughout the week on the College's website,

Ship Belongings in Advance

Support F&M

After strong fundraising successes in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, we are more eager than ever to attain new heights on behalf of our students in this fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). Recognizing that parents are already investing a great deal in their children's F&M education, we are especially grateful to all parents who also choose to make philanthropic gifts to support the College.

The Franklin & Marshall Fund supports your student by enabling the College to sustain important resources that create our signature college experience: F&M's enviable 9:1 student-faculty ratio, which facilitates close interaction between students and professors; a plethora of student clubs and athletic opportunities that provide a rich co-curricular life; and our unique holistic approach to providing ongoing support for students beyond graduation that helps to launch them into meaningful and successful lives after college.

Please consider a gift to the F&M Fund by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

September 10, 2013
F&M Night with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore, MD

September 18, 2013
A Conversation with President Porterfield
Boston, MA

September 24, 2013
F&M Night with the Colorado Rockies
Denver, CO

September 28, 2013
Experience 1787 in Old New Castle
New Castle, DE

September 28, 2013
New Jersey Chapter Kickoff and Celebration
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

October 4-6, 2013
& Family Weekend

On Campus

October 8, 2013
Washington, DC Regional Phonathon
Washington, DC
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October 10, 2013
Baltimore Regional Phonathon
Timonium, MD
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October 15, 2013
Philadelphia Regional Phonathon
Philadelphia, PA
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